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Basket Case (1982)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 2 April 1982 (USA)
A young man carrying a big basket that contains his extremely deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Duane Bradley (as Kevin VanHentenryck)
Terri Susan Smith ...
Robert Vogel ...
Bill Freeman ...
Ruth Neuman ...
Richard Pierce ...
Sean McCabe ...
Young Duane
Dorothy Strongin ...
Kerry Ruff ...
Ilze Balodis ...
Social Worker
Tom Robinson ...
Thief in Theater


Charming country bumpkin Duane Bradley takes a motel room in New York with a basket and a backpack. In a flash back-series we learn the basket contains his surgically removed Siamese twin who is not only physically deformed so badly the doctors hesitated to consider him a human, but is also the vindictive drive of their trip, with the purpose to kill off all those he blames. But in the reception of one of those doctors, Duane gets his first ever date, with the receptionist, and wants to start a positive life too - when the freak twin escapes, the scene is set for a grim finale. Written by KGF Vissers

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The tenant in room 7 is very small, very twisted and very mad. See more »


Comedy | Horror


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Release Date:

2 April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Basket Case (¿Dónde te escondes, hermano?)  »


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$35,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Duane checks into the Hotel Broslin, he takes out a wad of cash. According to director Frank Henenlotter, that money was the film's entire budget. See more »


When the guy steals Duane's basket at the movies he kicks the lock off, including the latch, but in the next shot, when Duane runs into the bathroom, part of the latch is still connected to the basket. See more »


Dr. Julius Lifflander: No, no, I think we're making a big mistake. We're rushing things. We shouldn't even be here.
Dr. Harold Needleman: Where's the boy now?
Duane's Father: He's upstairs in bed asleep, he can't hear us.
Dr. Julius Lifflander: We need to think this over. Talk it over.
Duane's Father: We don't have time, it must be done now, while my sister in law's away.
Dr. Julius Lifflander: I'm not sure, I've got second thoughts.
Duane's Father: Bullshit, second thoughts! I've had twelve years of doctor's second thoughts!
Dr. Julius Lifflander: I don't know, I just don't know!
Duane's Father: Well you'd sure as hell know if it were your own son we were talking ...
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Crazy Credits

Since the crew only consisted of three or four people, many of the names in the credits are fictitious. See more »


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Odd, But Good B-Horror
20 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

It's rare to see a horror film that is actually "good", featuring an original premise and decent acting/plot. Some films should have been "classics" because they feature both, but are mocked years later for their horrible special effects (think about it - most "classic horror films" feature human or human-like villains e.g. slasher flicks and "Rosemary's Baby"). Well, Basket Case is no exception.

The premise is one of the most original, then and probably still now. Duane carries his brother Belial around in a basket, and the two are trying to find and murder the doctors who separated them. It reminds one of "Freaks", with the deformed Belial and his brother Duane as anti-heros of sorts, getting revenge on the "normal" people that treated them so cruelly. A flashback to Duane's and Belial's separation and events in the film actually made me feel sorry for both (Duane because Belial won't let him have any time or romance for himself, and Belial because everyone is deathly afraid of him but his brother).

For a low budget '80s flick, Belial actually looks really good for the most part; though the first few deaths in the movie where he remains invisible are still more effective. When Belial jumps at some people it looks sort of funny, but when he is stationary (must've been a better puppet), he looks either frightened or damned frightening. Belial also makes some thankfully short appearances as a decent stop-motion animation.

It should also be noted that the lower quality grainy film stock does add to the seediness of the film and its bad-side-of-New York setting to give it a more creepy and realistic quality. There's a fairly high amount of gore, and the events leading up to the ending are eerie and shocking (it should be noted that, though it has some weak comedic aspects, this film isn't the intended horror/comedy its sequels are). Some of the acting isn't the greatest, but that's to be expected. After all, this is a horror film, and after all, it's low budget. Knowing that just makes this film seem all the more classic.

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